Community Garden Connections Invites Applications for Spring 2015 Garden Sites

Keene, NH—Community Garden Connections (CGC), a non-profit dedicated to increasing the capacity to grow food, is excited to announce another opportunity for local organizations and agencies in Keene to apply to become garden sites. Interested parties should submit an application by January 15, 2015. To download an application, visit: www.antiochne.edu/cgc.

What CGC Offers:
Each garden site will be supported by AUNE graduate students serving as Garden Site Coordinators who offer initial support (through the growing season of 2015) as communication liaisons, project assistants, and informal educators. These student coordinators provide education and guidance that will develop your ability to establish, tend, and enjoy garden harvests. Our goal is to provide everything that you would need to continue to care for your garden in subsequent years. (CGC Coordinators will still continue to provide support in subsequent years, but in a reduced capacity). In addition to this support role, Garden Site Coordinators will:

  • Purchase garden tool kits which consists of building materials, garden tools, seeds, soil, and related educational supplies
  • Assist in planning the garden and design fun educational events and/or garden programming
  • Coordinate gardening and educational workshops for garden participants and staff, based upon interest and need
  • Host a “Harvest Fest” event, involving all CGC garden sites and broader Keene community
  • Work with your gardeners to make sure that they are learning and enjoying the opportunity
  • Connect your agency and participants with garden related resources in our region
  • In total, garden supplies and educational staff support per site is valued at over $5,000

What CGC Expect of Garden Sites:
For the gardens to be successful and to ensure their continuation beyond the funding period, it is essential that agencies hosting gardens can commit to the following:

  • Involve at least one staff member that will serve as the Garden Site Liaison and five participants in all phases of garden development (from planning to upkeep to harvest)
  • Provide a logistically suitable site, with access to safe gardening space and water
  • Ensure long-term viability and active engagement of participants in the garden creation, maintenance, harvest, and educational programming
  • Engage in evaluation of programming and events
  • Attend (at least one staff and two participants) three spring 2015 “Garden Connections” workshops
  • Participate in regular (weekly or bi-weekly) on-site meetings to discuss challenges and opportunities

CGC has been made possible through the continued funding from the Rashti Foundation. With their generous support, Antioch University New England (AUNE) has partnered with many organizations in the work of developing nine raised bed garden sites in Keene. The sites have been bountiful and our gardeners have been involved in many activities that connect them to their communities.

For more information and to download the application, please visit: www.antiochne.edu/cgc/.

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About CGC: Community Garden Connections (CGC) serves to build our local capacity to grow food. It addresses food insecurity related to climate change, personal and communal health, and resiliency. With the help of a private donation from the Rashti Foundation, CGC supports the installation and cooperative maintenance of raised gardens in partnership with local service agencies, students and community members. These funds also support educational outreach to meet the specific gardening interests of community partners.

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